The Piece, composition for alto saxophone and piano is finished. I drafted this one a long time ago, and it was sitting unfinished until recently. This is a short composition, lasting only about two minutes, and is quite simple formally. Partly it is influenced by John Coltrane harmony, but it is intended to be approached in a classical style by legit players. This piece would be a nice addition to any classical saxophone player’s repertoire.
I would like to thank Tomislav Žužak, saxophone professor at Zagreb Music Academy, for useful suggestions on dynamics and articulations, and also distinguished Croatian pianist Mia Elezović, for checking out the piano part. Continue reading
Chick Corea Freedom Band – Straight No Chaser – Jazz in Marciac 2010 Live
Kenny Garrett alto saxophone solo transcription on Straight No Chaser (Thelonious Monk) with Chick Corea Freedom Band (Chick Corea, Christian McBride, Roy Haynes, Kenny Garrett and Roy Hargrove – guest) at Jazz in Marciac 2010.
The eflat version of the transcription is available at transcriptions page.
Keep practicing and have fun! Continue reading
The transcription of Dexter Gordon tenor saxophone solo on jazz bossa nova Blue Bossa from his Biting the Apple (SteepleChase SCS 1080) album. The bflat and concert versions of the transcription are available at transcriptions page. Continue reading
This is a lesson – interview with Joe Allard. Joe talks about and demonstrates more or less all aspects of his approach in saxophone and clarinet method of teaching. He also mentions a lot of anecdotes from his professional career as a performer and teacher. Continue reading
Saxophone High Tones by Eugene Rousseau – A Systematic Approach to the Extension of the Range of All the Saxophones: Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Baritone
Saxophone High Tones by Eugene Rousseau (second edition) is one of the best books covering saxophone altissimo and overtones and you should have it in your library, aside with Developing a Personal Saxophone Sound (David Liebman), Top-Tones for the Saxophone (Sigurd Rascher) and Saxophone Altissimo (Robert H. Luckey).
The book begins with the author’s prefaces to the first (1978) and second (2000) edition, foreword by Claude Delangle and fingering chart for the normal range.
In this chapter there are a few words on saxophone embouchure Continue reading
“2% Jazz, 98% funky stuff” – Maceo Parker – Mother Popcorn
Maceo Parker, Mother Popcorn, the transcription of Maceo Parker tenor saxophone solo on Mother Popcorn, James Brown live from ABC’s 1969 show “The Music Scene“, hosted by David Steinberg. The bflat, eflat and concert versions of the transcription are available at transcriptions page. Keep practicing and have fun! Continue reading
The transcription of Oliver Nelson tenor saxophone solo on famous tune Stolen Moments from his Blues and the Abstract Truth (Impulse AS-5) album. The bflat and concert versions of the transcription are available at transcriptions page.
Have fun and keep practicing!
Bruce Mishkit – Master Lessons for the Creative Musician
This is a short review of the Bruce Mishkit – Master Lessons For The Creative Musician (Published 2005). This book was originally published by Warner Bros. Publications in 1994, as Sax/Flute Lessons with the Greats. The book includes an audio CD with lesson examples.
As I remember, I read excerpts from this book back in the nineties in Saxophone Journal published by Dorn Pub., and I wished to buy it back then. Finally I bought it a couple of years ago directly from Bruce.
After a short foreword, the book is divided in seven chapters: Ernie Watts, Lenny Picket, Hubert Laws, Paquito D’Rivera, David Liebman, Joe Lovano Continue reading
Clifford Solomon tenor saxophone solo transcription on Good Time Boogie (John Mayall) from John Mayall – Jazz Blues Fusion record (Polydor Records 1972). Listen to the recording at Youtube. The bflat and concert versions of the transcription are available at transcriptions page.
Keep practicing and have fun!
This is an interesting conversation and meeting Harvey Pittel with Mr. Marcel Mule in May of 1993 at the roof garden of his home in Sanary, France. Mr. Mule talks about his early experiences and studying the saxophone with his father when he was eight and he also had violin lessons a year after when he was nine. There are more interesting stories in this video, so check it out! Continue reading